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One for the Money (A Stephanie Plum Novel) (original 1994; edition 2006)

by Janet Evanovich

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Title:One for the Money (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
Authors:Janet Evanovich
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2006), Paperback, 352 pages
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One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1) by Janet Evanovich (1994)

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This is the story of Stephanie Plum - she has money problems, so she turns to her family for help. She starts working for her cousin who owns a bail bonds company. She talks her cousin into letting her take a bail recovery job of a person who is running from a Murder One charge, so she can earn $10,000. The criminal ends up being someone she slept with when she was in high school - Joe Morelli. Other characters join the chase, and Stephanie realizes she is in over her head.



This book was pretty good. It was funny and kept me interested. It is quick, light reading, so that made it enjoyable. There was humor and romance, but the plot did fall short. But not to the point that I didn't want to finish the book.

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  JenMat | Jan 10, 2019 |
Maybe it was the hype, but I wasn't totally in love with this book. I enjoyed reading it but I'm not sure if I will continue to read them or not. Perhaps in the next year I will pick up #2, but I found myself semi bored with the plot lines in this story. The men in the series were okay. Her family cracked me up though especially grandma. Overall a fun read but not my favorite. ( )
  rabidgummibear | Nov 28, 2018 |
Very entertaining ( )
  CharlotteBurt | Nov 24, 2018 |
That was fun, if a bit fluffy. ( )
  Max_Tardiff | Oct 29, 2018 |
Light, short, entertaining, total fluff. Just what I needed to listen to at the moment. There is no takeaway and it is best not to dwell on its flaws. I liked it but I doubt I will continue the series - there is not enough meat in this stew to keep me wanting more. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312362080, Paperback)

Stephanie Plum is so smart, so honest, and so funny that her narrative charm could drive a documentary on termites. But this tough gal from New Jersey, an unemployed discount lingerie buyer, has a much more interesting story to tell: She has to say that her Miata has been repossessed and that she's so poor at the moment that she just drank her last bottle of beer for breakfast. She has to say that her only chance out of her present rut is her repugnant cousin Vinnie and his bail-bond business. She has to say that she blackmailed Vinnie into giving her a bail-bond recovery job worth $10,000 (for a murder suspect), even though she doesn't own a gun and has never apprehended a person in her life. And she has to say that the guy she has to get, Joe Morelli, is the same creep who charmed away her teenage virginity behind the pastry case in the Trenton bakery where she worked after school.

If that hard-luck story doesn't sound compelling enough, Stephanie's several unsuccessful attempts at pulling in Joe make a downright hilarious and suspenseful tale of murder and deceit. Along the way, several more outlandish (but unrelentingly real) characters join the story, including Benito Ramirez, a champion boxer who seems to be following Stephanie Plum wherever she goes.

Janet Evanovich shares an authentic feel for the streets of Trenton in her debut mystery (she developed her talents in a string of romance novels before creating Ms. Plum), and her tough, frank, and funny first-person narrator offers a winning mix of vulgarity and sensitivity. Evanovich is certainly among the best of the new voices to emerge in the mystery field of the 1990s. --Patrick O'Kelley

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Watch out, world. Here comes Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie's opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey. She's a product of the "burg," a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six. Now Stephanie's all grown up and out on her own, living five miles from Mom and Dad's, doing her best to sever the world's longest umbilical cord. Her mother is a meddler, and her grandmother is a few cans short of a case.Out of work and out of money, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, Stephanie blackmails her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but she figures her new pal, fearless bounty hunter Ranger, can teach her what it takes to catch a crook. Her first assignment: nail Joe Morelli, a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one. Morelli is also the irresistible macho pig who took Stephanie's virginity at age sixteen and then wrote the details on the bathroom wall of Mario's Sub Shop. There's still powerful chemistry between these two, so the chase should be interesting.It could also be extremely dangerous, especially when Stephanie encounters a heavyweight title contender who likes to play rough. Benito Ramirez is known for his brutality to women. At the very least, his obsession with Stephanie complicates her manhunt and brings terror and uncertainty into her life. At worst, it could lead to murder. Witty, fresh, and full of surprises, One for the Money is among the most eagerly awaited crime novels of the season.… (more)

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